Special Issue "Electrostatics in Cell Membranes and in Artificial Membrane Models"

A special issue of Membranes (ISSN 2077-0375). This special issue belongs to the section "Membranes in Life Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Natalia Wilke
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Guest Editor
Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Departamento de Química Biológica Ranwel Caputto, and CONICET, Centro de Investigaciones en Química Biológica de Córdoba (CIQUIBIC), Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Haya de la Torre y Medina Allende s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, X5000HUA Córdoba, Argentina
Interests: mechanical and electrostatic properties of cell membranes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cell membranes are proposed as a lipid matrix with embedded proteins, with thickness corresponding to two-molecules, in the nanometer range. The dielectric constant of the apolar region of the lipids contrasts with that of the aqueous phase and the polar region, going from about 2 to 80 in a very short distance. Therefore, interfacial electrostatics is very complex and affects the membrane properties in general, giving an interdependence between mechanical properties of membranes and interface electrostatics.

Electrostatic interactions affect important processes such as the binding of soluble species to the membrane, and molecular motion within the membrane. This Special Issue aims at bringing together relevant contributions that explore how electrostatics affect cell membrane processes.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Modeling electrostatic interactions in thin films;
  • Electrostatic interactions as driving forces for the binding of molecules to the membrane;
  • Ionization state of the molecules within the membrane and their lateral interactions;
  • Surface potentials and ion adsorption;
  • Membrane potential as driving force for cell processes;
  • Domain segregation in charged membranes;
  • The interaction of cationic peptides and antibiotics with membranes;
  • Cationic surfactans;
  • Charged vesicles;
  • Experimental determinations of the ionization state of lipid bilayers and membrane proteins;
  • Molecular simulations of electrostatic processes in lipid bilayers and membrane proteins.

Dr. Natalia Wilke
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Membranes is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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Published Papers

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